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Looking good Pittsburgh. PittsburghTODAY report highlights the state of the region

PittsburghTODAY released its 2013 Today & Tomorrow report and the news across many sectors is enlightening.
 
With the economic recovery still underway in much of the country, Pittsburgh is the only benchmark region out of 15 that has experienced job growth and housing price appreciation. In addition, the labor force is at an all-time high and young people are returning and staying in the region.
 
Southwestern Pennsylvania continues to be one of the most affordable places for moderate-income families to live. A Brookings Institution study says so too, listing Pittsburgh as one of three cities in the U.S. to have recovered from the deep recession that began in 2007.
 
The region, however, has work to do in several areas, including transportation, the environment and issues pertaining to diversity, particularly in helping African Americans in the region to achieve the same quality of life as whites.
 
Among the highlights:
 
Population: It has been official but bares repeating: the region is attaining and attracting young talent. The region’s population of 20- to 34- year-olds grew by 7% over the last five years and is expected to grow another 8% in 2020. Three decades earlier the region was losing more than 50,000 people than it was attracting, mostly young adults.
 
Jobs: Jobs grew by a non-seasonably adjusted 1.7 percent in the seven-county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) from November 2007 to November 2012. Certainly not robust, but it was better than any of the Pittsburgh TODAY benchmark regions. Pittsburgh was the only region to post job growth over that period.
 
Tourism: Visitors to Southwestern Pennsylvania pumped $8.1 billion into the local economy in lodging, recreation, retail, food and beverage, transportation and other spending during 2011,the latest year the full data was reported. This is a 9.6% increase over 2010.

Housing: Pittsburgh was the only region in which the 5-year housing prices rose from 2007-2012.
 
Environment: While fine particle pollution is slowly decreasing, and met federal air quality standards for the first time in 2011 since the Clean Air Act was passed in 1970, smog and sewage spills and the health of our rivers remains an issue.
 
Fracking: Across the region, a survey shows that far more residents are convinced of the economic potential of the Marcellus Shale gas industry than are against drilling for it. More than 70% of those surveyed believe that gas drilling is boosting the local economy.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: PittsburghTODAY

Who's Hiring in Pittsburgh? CMU, Ronin, ZOLL and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest company news and hiring:
 
Carnegie Mellon University SEI is hiring three malware engineers to join its CERT Malicious Code Group, a program to improve malware analysis capability while addressing active and emerging threats. The successful candidates will have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, software engineering and at least eight years of field experience. 
 
University of Pittsburgh is looking for a Web Developer to join its Office of Human Resources. The position entails designing and implementing websites for Pitt’s business and financial areas. The ideal candidate will be interested in long term career growth and will join a highly skilled team working with the latest technology The culture is collaborative and everyones input is valued.
 
ZOLL LifeVest is posting 10+ jobs in a variety of positions: technical writing, customer support, technical support specialist, associate regulatory affairs engineer, a director of national accounts and more. The company develops, manufactures and markets a wearable defibrillator for persons with Sudden Cardiac Arrest risk in the U.S. and Europe.
 
Kextil, a software company that uses speech recognition and bluetooth to wirelessly connect a technician with a mobile device, has positions for Head of Product Development, Senior Software Engineer and Vice President of Engineering. All positions offer an opportunity to shape the company’s software as well as become a significant equity owner. 
 
Compliance Assurance Corporation, a provider of compliance management technology solutions for the insurance industry, is currently looking for Corporate (Inside) Sales Executives to work out of its office in downtown Pittsburgh. 
 
SpectraGenetics, a gene-tagging startup that provides breakthrough products for drug discovery and development, is hiring an inside sales rep. The position requires selling technical molecular biology products to labs via phone, email and trade shows and requires a high degree of organization and communication skills.
 
UPMC is looking for a full-time technical writer to support the Operations Department at its downtown Pittsburgh location. Required skills include graphics, web design, layout, language and an understanding of human perceptions to produce a comfortable, user-friendly end product. 
 
kWantera, a Pittsburgh startup providing management solutions to large commercial buildings, is expanding its engineering, sales and marketing teams. It is also looking for a Sales Account Executive
 
The National Aviary is hiring a Director of Animal Programs to manage all aspects of the Animal Programs Dept. including animal care and husbandry and more. This requires a special candidate with significant knowledge in avian exhibitry.
 
Kayak Pittsburgh is hiring a 2013 Kayak Pittsburgh Site Supervisor to run day-to-day operations and manage staff among other managerial duties.

Check previous job listings in Pop City.

Have hiring news? Email Pop City and include a relevant link to your career page.

 
 
Writer: Deb Smit

Sprout Fund supports 20 new biodiversity projects with $190,000; PLSG on the move

Good news for the region's biodiversity and life sciences industry.

PLSG received $500,000 in funding that will help to establish a life sciences campus on the South Side at the River Park Commons Business Center.

The funding comes from a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant from the state. The new campus will provide space for four to six wet-labs in addition to the existing 9,000 square feet of life sciences labs. PLSG will also move its office to the campus.

"The demand for this campus is significant as an increasing number of new biotechnology companies are being launched throughout the nation, and geographic clusters to house these new, start-up companies are highly competitive," said John W. Manzetti, President and CEO.

In other news, 20 biodiversity projects received $190,000 this week as part of a new initiative to support the stewardship of Southwestern Pennsylvania's natural resources.

The Sprout Fund and The Pittsburgh Foundation hope to jumpstart community-based biodiversity projects in the region through the Spring Program. The funded projects were selected from among 75 applications, says Dustin Stiver of The Sprout Fund.

"These projects offer an exciting array of innovative solutions to the many environmental challenges we face," says Stiver. "With diverse objectives and creative approaches, they give promise that the biodiversity of our resource-rich region can be preserved and enhanced for generations to come."

Six biodiversity projects received $20,000 awards including:

BioShelter and Food Systems Center at the Garfield Community Farm, where a permanent bioshelter will extend the farm's growing season and offer educational opportunities to the nearby elementary school;

Green Roofs for Bus Shelters in East Liberty, introducing flora and fauna into the urban environment through a living green roof on Penn Avenue;

Heritage Seed Bank and Nursery for seed banks and educational opportunities in the preservation of native heritage or heirloom edible plants;

Native Appalachian Garden, part of Pittsburgh Botanical Garden, cultivating woodland species of the region;

And Take a Hike: Backyard Biodiversity for a traveling presentation that will lead elementary school children on an exploration of the Earth's biomes at the Carnegie Science Center.

The other 14 recipients receiving $5,000 awards are include outdoor classrooms for children, ecological gardens, artificial chimney habitats for neotropical migrant birds, rain gardens in schoolyards with the help of Nine Mile Run Watershed Assoc. and native plant restoration projects.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: PLSG, Dustin Stiver, The Sprout Fund

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